Goat milk soap is wonderfully nourishing for all skin types, and is particularly helpful for eczema and dry, irritated, rashy skin. It’s been several years since I started using (and loving) goat milk soap, but only recently did I learn why it’s so good for my skin.
Why is goat milk soap so much more nourishing than other soap?
Rosemarie: Any handmade soap is better than a commercial bar …which is actually a detergent bar. Alpha hydroxyl acids found in goat’s milk work with skin instead of breaking it down and aging it further. It reduces skin inflammation due to its fat molecule content. The cream present in goat’s milk is a moisturizer, soothing dry and damaged skin.
Michelle: Many commercial soaps aren’t even really soap, they are made with synthetic detergents with glycerin added for moisturizing. Glycerin is produced as a natural part of the chemical reaction that creates soap, and all handcrafted soap makers leave all that glycerin in their soaps. Goat milk has the added benefits of being a good natural source of an alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, (which aids in removing dead skin cells), vitamins (such as vitamin A), and minerals (such as selenium) that are not in soaps made with just water. The natural butterfat in the goat milk also adds to the creamy lather and mild nature of the soap.
I love my goat milk soap so much that I even use it to wash my face and shave my legs! My favorite varieties are Milk & Honey and Calendula, but it also comes in Lavender and Coffee. I hear the Coffee version is terrific for deodorizing your hands after odiferous kitchen tasks involving garlic, onions or fish.
New Varieties Coming Soon!
- Tea Tree — keep your feet fresh and fungus-free!
- Mechanic’s Soap — perfect for Dad.
- Oatmeal Honey — extra exfoliating.
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…